RiverHawk Reminders

Week of September 20th

We hope you are enjoying your weekend. Here are a few important updates:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Parent Liaison Updates
  • Mental Health Resources for Students
  • MAP Assessment Information
  • BEMS Assessment Calendar SY 21 -22
  • BEMS Student Handbook
  • Student Advisory Council Opportunity
  • Advisory Information
  • Academies of Loudoun Application Information
  • PTO RiverHawk Family Night
  • UPDATED BEMS Bell Schedule
  • A Day/ B Day Schedule
  • PTO Happenings
  • Before and After School Programs
  • SpiritweatrStore
  • Orblynx Stem Academy
  • Girls EmPower Summit
  • Loudoun County Tennis Association BEMS Team, BEM Lacrosse Team, and Middle School Ice Hockey
  • How to Calm the Teen Drama Seminar
  • YAS Openings


All the best,

Mrs. Johnson

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Wednesday, September 22nd - Math MAP Assessment in Advisory
  • Thursday, September 23rd - Reading MAP Assessment in Advisory
  • Wednesday, September 29th - Gold Out Day (Wear Gold or Yellow) to support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • Thursday, September 30th - School Picture Day through Health and PE
  • Friday, October 1st - School Picture Day through Health and PE
  • Friday, October 1st - PTO RiverHawk Family Night

PARENT LIAISON UPDATE

Women Giving Back in Sterling is in need of snack packs, socks, underwear, and diapers for their clients. Throughout the month of September, let's support this amazing organization by donating these items!


I've created an Amazon wish list to collect items for this purpose. WGB has also requested gently used or new children's and adult size tennis and athletic shoes. Items purchased from the Amazon wish list will be shipped directly to the school, but if you are out shopping and would like to pick up any of these same items to donate, that would be greatly appreciated.


There is a WGB collection bin in our school lobby and you are welcome to drop off your donations during the school day, M- F, between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Please do not donate clothing or additional items at this time! We are trying to honor the list that WGB has given us.

Here's the Amazon wish list: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/ZSMUGQ74UASW?ref_=wl_share

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

The LCPS website contains important Mental Health Resources.


This website offers comprehensive mental health services, support, and resources provided by our Unified Mental Health Teams (counselors, psychologists, social workers, school nurses, and student assistance specialists) who can assist and direct families to the right level of services or interventions.


Available information includes:


  • How to contact your school’s United Mental Health Team

  • Resources for parents

  • Suicide prevention resources

  • LCPS mental and behavioral health services

  • Resources for families of LGBTQ+ students and families

  • Community resources


To access the mental health website created by the Department of Student Services, please visit: www.lcps.org/MentalHealthServices

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MEASURES OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS (MAP) ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

BEMS ASSESSMENT CALENDAR SY 21 - 22

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STUDENT COUNCIL ADVISORY CLUB

Beginning next week, the Student Council Advisory Club will begin meeting to plan a calendar of events for the year. This group of students is composed of students from all three grade levels and we hope that you will join us.


The work the SCA will accomplish this year will be centered on increasing student voice and choice in the work we do in our school, planning fun events, as well as using our time to create and take action on real plans to support each other and those in our community.


If you have an interest in student government, leadership skills, community service opportunities, or just have great ideas to bring to our school community, please join Mr. Buttrick (chris.buttrick@lcps.org) in room A16 for an interest meeting on Tuesday, September 21st. There will be both a morning meeting from 8:00-8:25, and afternoon meeting from 3:30-4:00. Please attend either meeting that best fits your schedule, making sure you arrange your own transportation. Thank you for considering this great opportunity to demonstrate excellence by example.

Advisory - Second Step SEL

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RiverHawk Family Night

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UPDATED BELMONT RIDGE BELL SCHEDULE SY 21 - 22

IS IT AN A DAY OR A B DAY?

Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee Newsletter

Girl EmPower Summit

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GREETING FROM THE PTO:

These are the final days for BASAP (Before and After School Programs) registration! Check out the list of classes and register before classes fill up. The deadline to register is Wednesday, September 22 at midnight. Visit our website for information on classes and registration: https://www.bemspto.org/activities/basap. No late registrations will be accepted!


Our online Spiritwear Store is now open, too! This fall we are offering t-shirts, hoodies, crew neck sweatshirts, sweatpants, baseball caps, masks, and stickers for sale. Deadline to order is September 30. Get all the details at https://www.bemspto.org/spirit-wear.


On Friday evening, October 1st, we invite you and your family to enjoy Riverhawk Family Night here at the school! This will feature a bonfire, outdoor movie, food trucks and much more. Students have voted on their choice of movie and the winner is (drum roll, please) - SPACE JAM: A New Legacy! We'll also have games, music, and the chance to win prizes from your favorite places like Chick Fil A, Chipotle, and Crumbl Cookies. We hope you will join us!


Coming soon: we are thrilled to offer Riverhawk families the opportunity to sign up for a photo session with professional photographer Staged Photography on October 17th and 24th. Back-up rain date is November 6th. Mark your calendars, plan your outfits and stay tuned for more details next week!


Looking ahead to late October, we are planning to bring back the Boo Thru! Last year's Boo Thru featured a pumpkin decorating contest, complete with prizes, for each grade level PLUS a special category for teachers. The decorated pumpkin entries were so incredibly creative! Anyone remember the Baby Yoda pumpkin? This fall's Boo Thru will be held in late October.


Thank you for all your support!

BEMS SPIRITWEAR STORE (CLICK BELOW)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ICE HOCKEY

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LOUDOUN COUNTY TENNIS ASSOCIATION BEMS TEAM

BELMONT RIDGE LACROSSE TEAM

Your RiverHawk Boys Lacrosse Team will start representing Belmont Ridge Middle this Sunday 9/12! Come out to cheer on your friends and classmates during the game as they verse local middle school rivals, Farmwell/Trailside @6:00pm, Stone Bridge High School. Support your RiverHawk student community by attending Sunday games through October - see the attached schedule for when and where you can show your school spirit. Attendance is free!

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ORBLYNX ACADEMY STEM OPPORTUNITY

Virtual Presentation - How to Calm the Teen Drama (CLICK BELOW)

Reminders

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to our administrative team- Katie.Johnson@lcps.org, David.McKenzie@lcps.org, or Michael.Surma@lcps.org or your grade level dean if you have further questions.


At Belmont Ridge, we value Academic Excellence, a Culture of Equity, and a Safe, Supportive, and Positive Learning Environment. Thank you for all you do to support us as a school!


** Any messages sent from BEMS through our Blackboard account (noreply.belmontridge@lcps.org) come from an account that is not monitored. Please use our website to locate the email addresses of any staff members you need to contact. Thank you. **

Belmont Ridge Middle School

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